Do not fall for social media posts saying that the creation and distribution of National IDs have already begun. This is not true.
I chanced upon a Facebook post last month announcing that Filipinos may start claiming their IDs by December 2018, even citing a TV station as its source. The post was shared more than 185,000 times.
This information is misleading. We featured this same topic last month and based on our research, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), the agency tasked to manage the National ID implementation, is still in the process of establishing the Philsys Registry Office (PRO). The PRO shall then oversee the creation and management of the ID system.
In a recent interview with GMA News, the PSA reported that the registration for the first batch of Filipinos and resident aliens for National ID shall begin by the fourth quarter of 2019 and that no registration has started yet.
So do not believe everything that you see in your social media feed. Always check with reliable sources such as the official pages of news networks, government agencies, and of course, the Master Citizen page!